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Garden, Matt Knits, Neck Warmer, and Hey Teach

I fully intended to blog on Wednesday and Thursday, but ended up not having time. I wanted to blog yesterday evening and planned to… then I ended up helping Matt with his school’s website which took up most of the evening. Ah well, that’s how life goes sometimes!

On the house (garden) front, we had some bushes that were by the deck cut down. We need to dig up the roots but haven’t had the time (or desire, really!) to do that yet.

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More flowers are coming up in the garden, too!

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Pink flowers in the back yard.

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Not sure what kind of bug is on there, but I found it interestingly shiny, so I took a picture to share.

I posted about these before… still not sure what they are, but they’re some kind of flower. Matt and I walked around the neighborhood yesterday and found a few other people have them in their yards. Rose (one of my knitting friends) also has some on the side of her porch and said that many people in her neighborhood have them. I’m anxious to see them bloom!

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I’m not really sure what’s all growing in here, though I’m sure a number of weeds are present.

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This is the end of our driveway – no idea what’s all here!

On knit night this past Wednesday, Matt came with me and showed us what a good knitter he is and how to knit with just one needle…

While we were at knit night, I dropped my needle and it somehow disappeared under the table. Yes, a US 8 straight needle, fell to the floor, we heard it hit, but it could NOT be found. Thursday, Karen (who I sat next to) let me know it had somehow transported itself into the bottom of her knitting bag somehow! Mystery solved, but this left me with only one needle to work on my new project (I’ll get to that), so Matt decided to take over my project for me. 🙂

Wednesday, I started a new project for the SAL/KAL in the Zarzuela’s Fiber group on Ravelry. I’m working on the Button-Up Neck Warmer. I have to say, I really LOVE knitting with yarn I spun!!

Button Up Neck Warmer
Button-Up Neck Warmer in Emerald City merino.

When I got home Wednesday, I realized that Hey Teach was dry, so Thursday I started seaming it up…

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Side seams on Hey Teach

… and it wasn’t long before it was all seamed up!

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Hey Teach is finished being seamed!

The best news?!? IT FITS!! I’m beyond thrilled by this after my last horribly failed attempt. If it didn’t fit, there was not a chance that I’d be knitting it a THIRD time, so I’m really glad it fits. I’ve knit the neckband on already and just have the button bands left to do. I’ll probably work on that this weekend if I don’t get too distracted by Clue 4 of the Secret Garden Shawl that I just received.

I’ve found a bit of time this week to fit in some spinning, though I admit not a whole lot. My hip has been bothering me since it’s been raining, so I don’t think I’ll be able to finish this up this week like I had hoped. I’m really loving spinning this, though, so I’m not exactly bummed it’s not done yet! I can really see how far I’ve come since I “got serious” about spinning this month for the Tour de Fleece.

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My so-called Scarlet Macaw superwhash merino from All Spun Up.

Have anything going on this weekend? We’re taking it pretty easy since it feels like we’ve been pretty busy every weekend this month. We’re going to dinner with my family tomorrow and have invited some people over on Sunday for a small get together since we’ve been wanting to have people over for a while now, but not quite up to the “big housewarming” thing yet. Happy Friday everyone! 🙂

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I’m a thirty-something who lives in Cincinnati, OH. Crafting, for me, started young - I can’t even recall a time I wasn’t crafty in some way. My first foray into yarn was doing plastic canvas embroidery and making Barbie doll furniture. Not long after that I learned to crochet from a book my grandmother gave me after asking to learn what she was doing (she crochets, afghans mostly these days). After that, I took up counted cross stitch and then came sewing when I took two fashion design classes in high school. My mom had a sewing machine from my great grandmother and I taught myself to sew from patterns on it. I still use this same sewing machine today! I started knitting in 2004 when a co-worker was pregnant with her first child and I wanted to make something for her. I bought a “learn to knit kit” from Lion Brand for a baby hat and booties set. I did make the baby hat and booties (with very few problems) and ended up gifting them to the co-worker. I wanted to make a blanket, but I wasn’t quite able to get that done in time since it took a lot longer then I’d imagined! It wasn’t until the end of 2004/early 2005 that knitting really took a hold of me. Now I love knitting and almost always have a project with me, even if it’s just something small when I’m out and about. I like a wide range of projects depending on my mood. Sometimes I like a good challenge knit and other times I enjoy a lot of stockinette or garter stitch. I love Ravelry for keeping track of my projects and for finding new things to knit - I feel like I’m always spending time on there! It’s also a great place for getting to know other knitters, crocheters, and various fiber enthusiasts. In the fall of 2008, I purchased a spinning wheel from someone on Craigslist. It’s a Babe Fiber Starter, single treadle wheel and after a bit of trouble getting used to it, I’ve managed to spin up some fiber. In January of 2012, I found someone local that was selling their Lendrum DT and it came to live with me! The Babe now lives with Jen (aka piddleloop) and she’s learning to spin. I’m still trying to find time to spin along with knitting, crocheting (occasionally), and whatever else is going on, but I work it in here and there. I’m sure there’s something I might have left out here, so if there’s anything else you want to know about me, just ask :o)

4 thoughts on “Garden, Matt Knits, Neck Warmer, and Hey Teach

  1. Your teach is looking great and the scarlet mccaw yarn is so gorgeous! Bet that neckwarmer will be so nice to use this coming winter.

    Just tell me if you’d rather not be bored with names and info for the flower pictures you post. (Really–I can be such a bore about plants.) But just in case you’d like a name to put to the plants:
    –the pink flowers are a kind of lily that midwesterners call “Naked Ladies” because the leaves come up in spring then die off by the time the pink lilies bloom in August, so the blooms just stick up, nude of leaves. Every time I think about the straight-laced elderly midwestern women who taught me that common name I have to laugh out loud and really enjoy seeing the lilies every August.
    –the yellow flower is a particularly nice cultivar of a flower that grows wild in many parts of Ohio, commonly known as “black-eyed susan.” It’s a nice plant because it’s very drought tolerant (even though it can look very wilted in dry, hot times) and is a bright member of the garden when a lot of other flowers are dying off. I think you may have a honey bee on it–don’t kill them if you can help it because they’re vital to fruit and flowers and have been dying in unusual numbers lately for a variety of reasons. They usually could care less about stinging anybody unless you really try to fight them.
    –the third picture looks to me like it might be a sedum called “autumn joy” that’s also really pretty in the fall. Like the black-eyed susan it multiplies over several years, so it’s often divided and passed along to friends, which probably explains why you see it in neighbors’ yards. It’s also very drought tolerant.

    Looks like you’ve inherited a bunch of great low-care but pretty perennials along with your new house!

  2. I am still cracking up over that video! I love it Lindsey!! How funny. Matt must have a really good personality to entertain us. Thank him for me.

    The button up neck warmer is looking fantastic. I need to start mine. I have it all caked up and ready to go. I just need to find my magazine and get the pattern ready.

    Also – I want to thank Jan for her comment! I was just about to tell you I had those pink lillies too and it was so weird how they come up on just a stump with no leaves. Now we both know why! I love the name for them!!!

    And the sedum – that was on the tip of my tongue!!! Truly! 😉

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